About the Project
The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance’s “Dramatically Reducing Embodied Carbon in Europe” project aims to foster widespread adoption of ambitious local, national and regional policies that will reduce embodied carbon and increase the uptake of bio-based materials in the built environment in Europe. The project was launched in 2021 with the support of the Laudes Foundation and will run through the end of 2023.
The Project undertakes four main activities:
- Identify and recruit leading cities poised for ambitious policy development, adoption and implementation. Participating cities include: Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Glasgow, Helsinki, Lille, Lund, Nantes, Oslo, Stockholm, Tampere, Turku, Valladolid.
- Foster the adoption of ambitious embodied carbon and biobased material policies in participating cities through technical support, involvement of communities, close industry dialogue and peer learning.
- Advocate for national policy adoption to prompt the national level to develop policy that better enables cities to reach their embodied carbon targets and to change regulatory red tape that hampers cities’ embodied carbon work.
- Exert influence at the EU level for policy adoption that enable local and national governments to pursue more ambitious embodied carbon targets.
Communicating the Importance of Embodied Carbon and Bio-based Materials in the Built Environment
- How To: Communications Training for City Officials
- Media Snapshot (2021): Portrayal of Embodied Carbon in the EU
- Videos — CNCA Member Spotlight on Helsinki’s Wood Construction
- Embodied Carbon Policy Framework for Dramatically Reducing Embodied Carbon: Launched in the fall of 2020 by CNCA, this report contains 52 policies cities can adopt to reduce embodied carbon. It collects best practices, mostly from cities in Europe and North America, and introduces new policies, not yet implemented anywhere in the world.
- Amsterdam Circular Toolbox: In 2021 the City of Amsterdam published 10 articles on circular construction practices together with their partners Cooper8 and Metabolic. The city finds it very valuable to share knowledge with their international network and invite everyone to dive into the articles in order to gather a better understanding of the transition currently going through on a global scale.
- Platform CB23: Platform CB’23 aims to connect in the Netherlands construction-wide parties with circular ambitions, both in the civil engineering sector and in residential and non-residential construction. In July 2020, Platform CB’23 launched versions 2.0 of a lexicon about Circular Construction and two guides about Measuring Circularity in the Building Sector and about Guide Passports for the Construction Sector.
- Clean Construction Policy Explorer: C40 Knowledge Hub
- Report on Embodied Carbon Benchmark Data for European Buildings: Published by One Click LCA according to EN 15978:2011 & LEVEL(S) Framework. The research aims to provide high quality, European embodied carbon benchmark data supporting policy creation publicly and freely available to various regulators and private organisations seeking to establish corporate policies that require pan-European information.
- Danish New National Strategy for Sustainable Construction
- EU Taxonomy for Built Environment Explained with EBRD: Webinar organized by One Click LCA
- 2050 Materials’ Platform with sustainability data of building products